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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Structure and Growth of Scientific Knowledge

A Study in the Methodology of Epistemic Appraisal

Authors: Pandit, Giridhari Lal

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Professor Pandit, working among the admirable group of philosophers at the University of Delhi, has written a fundamental criticism and a constructive re-interpretation of all that has been preserved as serious epistemological and methodological reflections on the sciences in modern Western philosoph- from the times of Galileo, Newton, Descartes and Leibniz to those of Russell and Wittgenstein, Carnap and Popper, and, we need hardly add, onward to the troubling relativisms and reconstructions of historical epistemologies in the works of Hanson, Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend. His themes are intrigu­ ing, set forth as they are with masterly case studies of physics and the life sciences, and within an original conceptual framework for philosophical analysis of the processes, functions, and structures of scientific knowing. Pandit's contributions deserve thoughtful examination. For our part, we wish to point to some among them: (1) an interactive articulation of subjective and objective factors of both problems and theories in the course of scientific development; (2) a striking contrast between the explanatory power of a scientific theory and its 'resolving power', i. e.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Methodology, Ideology, and Scientific Revolutions

    Pandit, G. L.

    Pages 1-15

  • Epistemic Structuralism: The Limit to Radical Alternatives to Traditional Epistemology

    Pandit, G. L.

    Pages 16-39

  • Problems of Structure and Growth: Towards an Interactive Model of the Growth of Scientific Knowledge

    Pandit, G. L.

    Pages 40-110

  • Consequences and Alternative Methodologies

    Pandit, G. L.

    Pages 111-143

  • The Nature of Methodological Variance: From Commensurable Canons to Incommensurable Strategies

    Pandit, G. L.

    Pages 144-183

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Structure and Growth of Scientific Knowledge
Book Subtitle
A Study in the Methodology of Epistemic Appraisal
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
73
Copyright
1983
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-7680-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-7680-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1434-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8375-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 231
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